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Environmental Philosophy

Volume 14, Issue 1, Spring 2017

Immortality and Infinitude in the Anthropocene

Sabine Höhler
Pages 83-100
DOI: 10.5840/envirophil201731646

Survival
Mars Fiction and Experiments with Life on Earth

This paper explores examples of Mars fiction of “terraforming”—of creating Earth-like environments in space—against the background of the Earth’s environmental degradation and restoration. Visions of Mars settlement offered an escape route for a threatened humanity and a blueprint for the eco-technological recreation of the Earth’s environment. This paper aims to outline the Anthropocene as an epoch that not only compromised the Earth but also essentially transformed the understanding of Earthly life to a minimalist principle of survival through infinite metabolic conversions. This understanding of immortality conjoined images of recreation and creation, of paradisiacal pasts and eco-technological futures.

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